I was listening to my 3rd* favorite sermon today, “Doing Justice” by Tim Keller.
I think you should all listen to it, but here are the points I think are very striking:
– Shalom (translated ‘peace’) represents the webbing together of humans & all creation in equity, fulfillment, and delight.
– Shalom is the fabric of God’s creation working according to God’s design, interwoven like threads of a blanket.
– Doing justice is repairing the fabric where it is breaking apart.
– Proverbs 3:27-28 instructs us “Do not withhold good from those to whom it us due, when it is in your power to do it.
Do not say to your neighbor, “Go, and come again, tomorrow I will give it”–when you have it with you.”
I was struck by this & strong wording in Luke 6:30, “Give to EVERYONE who begs from you.”
When the man holds out his hand on the corner, I am not to judge is worthiness. Just check my wallet. If it’s not empty, give.
““When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his glorious throne. 32 All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
“Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
“Then the righteous will answer him, ‘Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?’
“The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’”
*Curious about my top 3 sermons:
1. Son of David (Kaleo Houston 2011) – Joel Burdeaux
2. The Supremacy of God in missions (Passion conference 1998) – Dr John Piper
3. Doing Justice (Resurgence conference 2006) – Dr. Timothy Keller